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Santa Monica Public Library

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Moore Rubell Yudell
location California, Santa Monica
function library
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Despite a great many environmentally conscious architects calling Santa Monica home, green building on a large scale hadn't occurred until the new library was constructed in 2006. Great care was taken in all of the building systems to use as little external energy as possible, no small feet for a building type that requires constant air quality for maintenance of books. The skin of the building is tilt-up concrete composed of fly ash and recycled glass. And unusual for a library, there is a lot of windows, allowing a lot of natural light without exposure to the books. The roof is designed as an impluvium, an ancient Roman system of draining rainwater to a cistern. The water is later used for all of the sites irrigation.

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Santa Monica Public Library
Santa Monica Blvd 601
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours Mon - Thurs: 10am-9pm Fri - Sat: 10am-5:30pm Sunday: 1pm-5:00pm
How to get there? From the 10 freeway, exit 5th street and turn right and head north. At Santa Monica Blvd, turn right and the building is one block east on the left.
Completion 1- 2006
Floor area/size 10000 m2
ArchitectMoore Rubell Yudell
Project ID 2125
Latitude/Longitude 34°01'07N 118°29'35W
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